I have big plans…

Fantastic America is an introduction to a changing world. Magic, miracles and monsters have returned to a world that didn’t believe in any of them. This first book is only the beginning. As magic in this world grows stronger, so will the people who can use it. There will be inevitable clashes between keepers of the status quo and upstart magic users. Those stories are clear in my mind, and I can’t wait to write them. That isn’t the end either though, Fantastic America is just dipping a toe in the water to see what temperature it is, the next few books will be a plunge into the pool, but after that comes the swimming! I can’t wait to share it with my audience.

Sometimes its more than a little obvious…

That I’m still learning to write well. I spent a good few hours tonight writing the second chapter in my novel. This chapter introduces the main antagonist in the book, and does some significant world building. At about the hour and a half mark, I realized what I’d been writing was boring. It was important to me to understand where my antagonist came from and how he could achieve his goals, but it didn’t serve the reader. So I ditched over 1400 words. While that hurt a bit, I believe the chapter, the character, and the story are better for leaving all that off the page. The reader’s experience is far more important than any idle vanity or self service I need. I know this story better than the characters themselves, so my needs are secondary at best. Still, I managed to start over and squeeze out another 3800 words! Only another 82,300 words to go…

My first night writing (This time, for the last time, for this book)

My journey has officially begun (again)! I’ve been working on this story (and so much more to come behind it) for over two years now. I never got to the end, there was always more to add, a dimension of the story I hadn’t worked out, new characters that made the plot more cohesive, exciting, or profound. I never found a way to finish what I’d stated before. Fortunately, I have found that path.

After years of spending all my time but little or no money, I decided I needed help from a professional. Don’t worry, this isn’t going to turn into a commercial for my coach (Who by the way is amazing!), but I have to say I wouldn’t be nearly this confident or nearly this prepared without her help! Whew – that was a lot to say to get to where I meant to go…

I have set myself a daunting task: Ninety thousand words on the page in 60 days. Today was day one (I write at night mostly but still). I got about 4000 words on the page, and have about 86,000 to go. A year ago I’d have scoffed at the idea I could do that, but today I’m positive its not only doable, but that I should have been done long ago. Follow along with me (I’m going to write here anyway) about my writing, the story itself, the characters, settings, and the action, and how I’m bringing it all together (or struggling to get it done if that happens). To paraphrase Robert Jordan, there are no endings or beginnings, but this is A beginning.

The Center Cannot Hold…

In a single night, the world we knew changed.  Myths and legends foretold the return of magic, but we scoffed at such primitive ideas.  No one can ignore the truth now.  Wonders of ages long forgotten, and terrors from countless nightmares come to life once again to wander the Earth unfettered.  We are no longer alone, no longer supreme masters of the familiar, when the very landscape around us changes.  A fantastic new world is taking shape, but our part is uncertain at best.  Humanity must grapple with the changes.  Can we suppress the magic unleashed or must we give in to its siren call?